Poem: A Thankful Volunteer

Published: 4/22/2019 2:04:49 PM
A Thankful Volunteer

When I retired from my job some time ago

I thought my life as a teacher was done, and so

I went to the Londonderry Senior Center (I took my mom)

And soon I found my volunteering home.


Others were looking for things to do

I had ideas (and lots of materials, too!)

Slowly but surely my volunteering began

With painting, pastels and craft classes I ran


I served on a committee or two

(Hard to say no, when you love what you do!)

When I retired, I thought my life was done

But volunteering with others has made life such fun!


I too, now remember the joy of crafts

The thrill of sharing techniques and laughs

Those few precious hours of planning and thought

Have given me more than the Senior Center got!


The other day, if you looked around

Sat seven seniors barely making a sound

Each absorbed in artistic deed and I thought

Who knew this is what I as a volunteer sought!


Sometimes the room is filled with good natured twitter

Laughter when someone squeezed too hard on the glitter

Smiles and stories, paint and glue!

“Everyone can do this – even you!”


And as our class time draws to a close

The smiles on their faces (I helped make those)

We made crafts, did art and made a new friend

Let’s get back together next week, if we can!


Why do I volunteer with RSVP?

I do it for others, I do it for me.

By sharing my love of arts and crafts

I help others remember, have fun and laugh.


My husband too, has joined the volunteer game,

Some reasons are different but most are the same,

Volunteering with RSVP makes each of us feel good,

Do you volunteer? If not, you should!


Volunteering can give you new purpose, you see,

Together, for others, through RSVP!

(Jan McLaughlin is an RSVP arts and crafts volunteer at the Londonderry Senior Center.)


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